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Splish! splash! animal baths
Sayre, April Pulley.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Describes how different animals, such as elephants, birds, horses, and fish, keep themselves clean.
Reading Level:
AD 350 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 2908.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.3 1 Quiz: 28559 Guided reading level: K.
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QL751.5 .S42 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL751.5 .S42 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Splish! Splash! Take a bath. And think of the animals -- they're bathing, too. From elephants that squirt a shower of water from their trunks, to pigs that wallow in mud, to birds that roll in dust, all animals have ways of keeping clean and comfortable, and they are playfully and charmingly illustrated here. Also included are animals whose job it is to clean other animals, like the cleaner shrimp that gets a meal by cleaning a moray eel's teeth, and the tickbirds that hang out on a giraffe's back, keeping it bug free.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. This wonderfully entertaining book moves from one crystalline nature shot to another as it highlights some unusual animal grooming techniques. A photo of a giraffe reveals oxpecker birds perched on the tall animal's back, pecking off ticks. A similar relationship takes place underwater, where fish pick algae off a hippo's skin and a cleaner shrimp snatches food from a moray eel's teeth. Chimpanzees are seen sitting in a row extracting bugs and leaves from each other's fur, a horse is photographed scratching its back on the dusty ground, and a pig is shown contentedly sloshing in mud. The lighthearted, informative yet brief text hangs under a cloud-and-raindrop motif on pages colored to complement the engaging photos. Reading about nature doesn't get more fun than this! --Ellen Mandel

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Sayre describes how a variety of animals such as elephants, birds, horses, and fish bathe or groom themselves. Full-page, colorful photos show them in water, in mud, or even taking dirt baths. The author uses simple sentences, yet slips in vocabulary-building words such as "preen" and "spongelike," and she makes common comparisons between animals such as a lioness licking her fur just as a house cat would do. She also offers brief bits of information to stretch youngsters' knowledge, such as descriptions of oxpeckers that travel on the bodies of giraffes and peck away ticks and "cleaner" shrimp that act as animal dentists. The final two pages suggest ideas for observing bathing animals and making a simple birdbath or wildlife pool. Despite some cuteness ("Without [oil], ducks would get soggy and cold-which wouldn't be ducky at all!"), this book will be useful for the attractive pictures alone.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.